MTN is deploying 5G in several African countries to accelerate digital development throughout the continent.
This was a key takeaway from the Uganda and South Africa Investment and Trade Summit that recently took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Uganda.
The summit focused on agro-industrialisation, tourism, mining, and ICT and saw the two countries’ governments collaborate on plans to improve infrastructure.
MTN’s active engagement was critical, with many senior executives in attendance, including MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas, MTN Group President & CEO Ralph Mupita, and MTN Uganda CEO Sylvia Mulinga.
Through its partnership with Huawei, MTN has carried out many 5G to Business (5G2B) commercial applications across various fields, such as mining.
At the summit, MTN demonstrated several of these applications to show the South African and Ugandan governments how they can benefit from 5G2B applications.
For example, MTN, Huawei and Minetec Smart Mining detailed how they built the first 5G-connected coal mine in South Africa.
MTN Uganda also detailed how it worked with Huawei and Xima Cement Company to launch Uganda’s first industrial use case of 5G, which created a safer working environment for employees and contractors.
It was then emphasised that many more use cases exist, with MTN launching multiple Huawei-powered OpCos across South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan.
MTN indicated that it will continue to accelerate the development of Africa’s digital economy with 5G technology through mutually beneficial collaboration with Huawei.
To prove their commitment to the continent, MTN and Huawei recently signed an ESG Memorandum of Understanding to work together on sustainable development projects in Africa.
This partnership focuses on delivering value for Africa through carbon emission reduction, rural network coverage, and talent training.